The conservatory? The office? The kitchen table? Most of us on the whole use electronic devices although sometimes doing it the old fashioned way does get the creative juices flowing.
We’re talking writing spaces and thought we’d share our corners of creation with you.
Would love to know where you get creative!
Sue : Although I have a perfectly good desk, I am really a kitchen table kind of girl. As my desk happens to be right under the TV, if anyone wants to watch it, I have to move. In the spirit of honesty, I would just point out that I tidied my desk before I took this photo.
Catherine : I normally work on my laptop which would be sat where the manuscript is. When not working from my desk I’m on the sofa downstairs. It all depends what time of day it is and how tidy the bedroom is so I can get to my desk!
Celia: This old table arrived with Mr A when he moved in – part of his dowry, I think, along with a really good egg whisk, some posh casserole dishes and about a million books (no goats, sheep or cattle though). I write here because it’s slap bang in the middle of the house and I’m incredibly nosy. Shut me away and I would die of boredom. I can see the ducks on the pond next door and monitor what’s going on in the street. It’s also quite near to the place where cake lives.
Laura : My desk and the BIG chair reside in the kitchen. It doesn’t always look like this – it is a scene of constant movement depending on what’s happening in my life. Lots of paperwork at the moment. I have Suma, the wolf, from Jodi Picoult, and small mementoes from my children and my mum to keep me company when my characters walk off in a strop.
Jan : My desk is in the corner of our little dining room/come office, surrounded by inspirational wall posts, quotes, symbols, starsign predictions and funny pics to make me smile on down days or when the the old writer’s block thwarts the flow. I also have my three little ‘gonks’ as I call them to keep me company which, as you can see, reside on the base of my PC. Yes, I am a big kid and make no apology for it! My plant provides an added splash of colour and my grammar book, dictionary and thesaurus are never far from view. Last but not least, my cosmos cushion gives me that little extra padding for those marathon – into the night – writing stints.
Debbie: The study was always the ex’s den and he spent hours in there (we probably know why now ;)) I admit, I could never see the appeal, but since he’s left, I’ve tried to change all the rooms around; decor and layout wise, to make them my own. And for me, I tend to do most of my writing in the kitchen at the island. However, my study is now a haven where I can disappear if the boys Wii or music gets too loud. I’ve also made it more of a library/study space as well as a 4th bedroom if anyone comes to stay.
Lucie : My writing space is fairly new to me as I used to write upstairs in the spare bedroom. However, I was finding being locked away upstairs on a daily basis a little boring and it was reflecting on the amount of work I was getting done. I would regularly bring my laptop downstairs and write on the dining table. So I took the plunge and moved my desk downstairs. Now I share the conservatory with LO’s playroom. This side of the room is pretty tidy and ordered but if you swing the camera 180 degrees then you will see a mass of toys, a children’s kitchen, an easel, Barbie doll house and storage boxes. But noone will ever know – because I refuse to take a picture of that half of the room!
Liz : I tend to be pretty useless with writing at home, so usually take my laptop to my local Starbucks instead where I can find the perfect balance of writing and people watching. On the time that I do write at home, it’s sat at my desk in the picture where I work through scrawled ideas in tatty notebooks and drink copious amounts of wine or tea whilst listening to music.